While there are things you can do on a daily basis to prevent grease trap clogs, there are times when you’ll need professional grease trap cleaning services for more thorough maintenance. After all, a properly functioning trap is essential for your kitchen to prevent issues like foul odors, shut-downs, and hefty fines.
Check out the five signs it’s time to contact a grease trap cleaning company to keep your kitchen operational.
1. It’s Been a While
If you’re scratching your heading trying to remember the last time your grease trap was professionally cleaned, then you’re probably due for a service. You or the kitchen manager should keep cleaning records to ensure a maintenance schedule is followed.
2. There’s a Strong Odor
Fats, oils, and grease (known as 'FOG' in the industry) accumulate over time in pipes and emit a foul odor. Not only is this unpleasant for kitchen staff, but it’s also a potential hazard. Before letting the FOG accumulate to the point it becomes a clog, contact a grease trap cleaning company.
3. Regulatory Obligation
Depending on your state, county, or city, you may have regulations you need to follow to prevent being fined or shutdown. For example, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Governing Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems outlines grease trap liquid capacity.
4. Grease is Building Up
When grease builds up, the trap isn’t able to do its job. This is a serious issue because grease overflow can escape outside into waterways or drainage fields. In addition to being an environmental and health hazard, you could receive a citation or fine.
5. Can’t Afford a Major Repair
The cost of cleaning and maintenance services is much cheaper than emergency repairs. Furthermore, letting your grease trap accumulate more and more FOG will eventually lead to a malfunction that will halt your operations until it can be fixed. Instead, keep to a cleaning schedule to reduce the chances of system failure and unexpected repair costs.
Schedule Grease Trap Cleaning Services
Grease trap cleaning services offer many benefits from keeping your kitchen operational to protecting the environment. How often you’ll need it, however, will depend on the building’s size, the food being served, how much food is cooked, and the trap’s capacity. Based in the Kansas City area, Honey-Wagon offers grease trap cleaning, disposal, and inspection services for restaurants, public schools, daycare centers, commercial buildings, and more.
Contact us below for more information! To schedule grease trap services, please call 913-681-3563 (Kansas office) or 816-525-5100 (Missouri office).